Vote approves expanded fire hall in West Seneca

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A controversial vote cleared the Union Fire Company, a volunteer department in West Seneca, to expand its fire hall — a much needed upgrade, according to officials.

Volunteer firefighters say the expanded hall would double as an emergency shelter for the region, and would aid in equipment storage. Fire officials say they’ve simply outgrown their 60-year-old home.

Voters took to the fire hall on Tuesday to either approve or shoot down a 30-year municipal bond that will nearly double the district’s fire tax. Roughly 500 voters cast ballots, granting the firefighters their wish.

The vote came down to 38 crucial votes, as 274 voted in favor, with 236 saying no. Voters approved the $8 million bond, meaning officials can resume planning for a new hall.

Some would-be voters called foul, however, saying fire officials turned away roughly 30 or more voters. News 4 is working to learn more and will update this story when more details become available. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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